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Question Time XXV – Deleting Notifications

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This week I want to talk about something some of you may already be on the verge of doing; hitting delete on this post email notification. So please, don’t delete it just yet, and try to find the time to come and read the rest of the post and join in the discussion!

We all click to be informed when our fellow bloggers make a post. On WordPress we have the reader which puts all our blogs in one place, and we can scroll through. However, the more direct and personal way is by signing up to receive an email whenever one of our favourite bloggers makes a new post.

I want to know when you guys and girls write something new, so receiving an email is ideal, then I can visit when I get the chance. However, the issues in doing this are we can receive quite a lot of emails. Time is precious for all of us, and the more blogs you subscribe to, the more emails. This can be quite overwhelming to see 100+ emails waiting every day, so what do we do? Well, I want to guess I’m not alone in deleting a few that maybe don’t interest me. That’s not to say they never interest me, of course, but sometimes blogs make 7 or 8 posts a day, or I only really want to see your movie reviews and not what you had for breakfast (just examples!), so I have to be a little more selective and they are the emails I would delete to cut down on my reading time.

This sounds harsh, but I know I’m not alone. I know how many people subscribe to my site, and when I see how many views the post gets, I can see how many don’t visit. And that’s perfectly understandable, if a title of my post doesn’t sound interesting, or contain a movie title that grabs people, its easy to delete and save some time. There are people who I know visit EVERY post I make. They know who they are, and I’m not only grateful (beyond grateful, when I look back to posts from last year and the same names still comment now and retweet my work, honestly I’m humbled by it, thank you!!) I return the favour to them (or try to!). There are also people on the opposite end of this scale, who NEVER visit despite me visiting them. Even now when there are comments of mine on sites that still haven’t been responded to, yet the author begs for comments and views on Facebook etc, it becomes an easy task to delete and un-follow them. One less email to receive! After all, visiting someones site shouldn’t be a chore, and if they can’t be bothered to ever check out our work, why should you take the time to read theirs?! All about respect and reciprocation in my eyes.

So my question……….

I’d love to know how you deal with your notifications from fellow bloggers. Do you visit each and every post that hits your inbox, or are you a little more selective in the posts you visit? 

What will this achieve in an ideal world? Well, in a time where I’ve seen people complaining about a slump in views and comments, maybe if people start to visit every emailed post, or even just to hit a like, surely all our numbers would go up, and our stuff would be read by more people. This isn’t just another Call To Arms ploy to get me more views by the way, I just feel we can all do more. Caring is sharing! People spend a lot of time and put a lot of effort into writing posts, so the least they deserve is a view from us followers. If nothing someone writes ever interests you, you shouldn’t be following them in the first place! 🙂

Next time I get an email about your favourite recipe, or what outfit you wore today, I’m going to visit. It takes seconds to do, and it has made me realise how even just little differences could benefit us all.

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  1. There are certain bloggers whose posts I read no matter what the topic. This is because I either like the blogger personally, or because their posts are interesting, whether I have an interest in their content or not. Others I tend to pick out from my feed and read posts I think look intriguing or entertaining. I’m almost certain this is what happens to me regularly, as in my short time blogging I’ve posted opinions on a wide range of media, and I know everything I’m interested in won’t interest everyone who follows me. I could focus writing on the content that gets the most views, but I think that would limit me, and probably suck all of the fun from my own personal blogging experience.

    All that said, I do a lot of blog reading on a daily basis. I love every single blog I follow for different reasons, and I think, like you, it is very important to support and reciprocate. But that aside, I’d still like to believe that when people are hitting the “Like” button they’re doing it because they genuinely like my post, and not because they’re looking for return views. I’m sure nobody wants to think that, and I believe I owe the bloggers I follow more.

    Great post by the way, it’s something I have wondered about more than once since joining WordPress.

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    • Same here, there are people who I will read everything they write. I like what you said about not limiting yourself and tailoring your posts to what would get the most views. No fun in that!! Variety is great 🙂

      If I ‘like’ something on someones blog its because Ive read it and appreciate it. I dont always have an opinion on the topic, but I at least want to show I stopped by. I have come across people who ‘like’ something of mine within seconds of it being posted, and I’m pretty sure they havent read it. Maybe its for return views, as you mentioned.

      Thanks, and for joining in. Be interesting to see what people admit to 🙂

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      • I’d like to think that Liking random posts seconds after they’re published isn’t for return views, but maybe a way of saying, hey, I approve of the topic! Maybe that’s the case for most (let’s be optimistic!) followers. I completely agree with you, it’s nice to leave a little something to show you’ve stopped by, read and enjoyed. I’m lucky enough to have a core group of followers who regularly read, champion and support each others’ work. In the couple of months I’ve been here I have been delighted and thankful for the welcoming community.

        Have to echo what your other contributors have said though, it can be annoying sometimes when your comments or efforts get largely ignored. I find it so strange when authors don’t reply to the comments people leave on their posts. Even to just say “thanks!”. I wouldn’t be able to sleep knowing that I haven’t replied to someone’s comment on a post of mine, I think it’s just a little rude. Because of this I have a higher comment count on my blog than any of my followers put together… It’s a stat I believe every author of a blog should have!

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        • Maybe, lets be positive then!! Either that or it popped up on the reader and they hit ‘like’ without even reading………man thats depressing, I’d rather not have the ‘like’ lol. But yeah, maybe its the topic 😉

          Its only a few people I’ve found recently that dont reply. I always wondered if I worry over nothing, and its no big deal. But as you say, sometimes a simple ‘thanks’ would be enough. I’m quite OCD in that I want to reply to everyone if they take the time to comment here. Some of these topics Ive had here get over 100 comments from people so it takes a lot of replying, but I am always grateful and would never complain about that. The community is amazing and what motivates me to continue, and then its always nice to meet new people such as yourself 🙂

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        • And it is great to see such an extensive discussion on a blog, I love it. Just from reading this thread I’ve found several awesome new blogs to follow… SCORE. 😀

          Thanks for the welcome and the responses, ’tis lovely to be here.

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        • I’m very lucky to have such a selection of readers. I love my community. Most of them 😉

          I should be on commission though for those new blogs you mention…….. make sure they know I sent you. I’ll bribe them later as gratitude 🙂

          Great to have you here!

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  2. Great topic…it is definitely something every blogger deals with. I’m pretty much in the same boat as you. For the most part when I see all the e-mail notifications in the morning, I make a mental note and check out the posts later usually on break or when I get home from work. Sometimes, I won’t delete an email so I’ll make sure I won’t forget it. Also, what helps is setting certain ones on different settings, for example my favorite blogs are set to immediate notifications. Respect and reciprocation, well said.

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    • Thats it, I’ll keep emails for a few days sometimes, but will always get to them eventually!! Especially when its someone I know always takes the time to hit me up here.

      Good idea with the settings. Makes sense. I made an email account purely for blogging, I imagine its even worse for personal addresses with normal emails mixed in also.

      Thanks Issy, always enjoy you stopping by 🙂

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  3. I deal with email notifications much the same way you do. I try to get to everyone every day. I don’t. I make it a point to visit people who have become friends … like you … even if I’m not specifically interested in a particular post. It’s a courtesy and we need to support each other. I also try to make sure to really visit the site because just reading the email does not register as a “hit” and I have noticed that as the number of my followers have gone up, my hit count has gone down … I surmise because many (most?) followers scan emails and rarely, if ever come to the site.

    When I visit, I leave a “like” behind as a calling card. It says “Hi, I was here.” People who don’t allow “likes” are making a mistake. Knowing I have to comment or nothing, I often choose nothing. I don’t always have something to say … or the time to say it.

    Good intentions aside, there is no way I can visit everyone every day. There aren’t enough hours in the day. I feel bad about that, but reality bites. I too stop visiting people who don’t respond to comments and don’t return visits. I’m not sure why these people are bothering to blog at all, but there are plenty of people who do care and respond and I will put my limited time where it matters. Also like you, I get pissed off when I visit, comment and never get a response. It’s insulting.

    I don’t delete quickly, but I also can’t let notifications pile up. Email gets out of hand very quickly. If I don’t get to it today or tomorrow, I have to delete the following day. Days when I’m busy and not home, I’m not going to be doing much visiting. Time is what it is.

    Finally, I do use the reader to do a lot of visiting quickly. I know it’s something of a cheat, but it’s the time thing. Sometimes, I need to get it done quickly.

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    • I always use the ‘more reading’ or whatever the button is called which puts a break under the first few lines. Mainly so that only a snippet of the post goes in the email, and people have to click to come and read the rest. As you mention, if the whole post is in the email, I worry people wouldnt bother visiting!! Same with the reader, its great but ‘liking’ something from there doesnt give the author the view, so i always try and actually visit. I use the ‘like’ in the same way you do, as a calling card. I like that description! 🙂

      Exactly, just not enough time to visit everyone sadly. Makes it easier when we can remove those that never return the favour. I always appreciate you and Garry visiting, especially when the subject matter may not be your cup of tea the majority of times. Thats why even when I cant add to the conversation on your site, I like to drop a ‘like’ to let you know I was there! 🙂

      Thanks Marilyn 🙂

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  4. Nice topic. I subscribe to the emails, but like you said often times get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of posts. I try to keep liking new posts, but unfortunately don’t have the time to read them all.

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    • Can be overwhelming, thats the trouble with our community at times, all (mostly) so god-damn friendly and intelligent writers, so many places to read and so little time 🙂

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  5. I actually subscribe to email notifications to most of the blogs I follow. Which sounds ridiculous because I read about 10 emails over the weekend and by Monday I end up with 500+ emails. Whoever said weekend blogging is dead is very wrong.haha! Either way, I actually go through every email notification I get. It may take me longer and I`m usually late in commenting or liking by a few days (at most) but I like to show my appreciation and support as much as I can. I`m not a talkative person in nature so sometimes I click “like” to just show I’ve dropped by, but I try to comment as much as I can. I usually take about an hour (or two) every day to just sit down and go through my email and read the blogs. I rarely get too selective but sometimes, when there is too much, I might skim through the post to get the main points 🙂

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    • Blogging may be quiet but certainly not dead! 🙂

      I am normally the last to most peoples posts, but I get there eventually!! Clicking ‘like’ seems a common thing already, which is great when we all do it to show we stopped by and read it. Thats all we can ask for, and as you say sometimes there is nothing to add to a conversation, or a post. Plus if I start telling girls their clothes looked nice it might be weird…….so I hit ‘like’ and move along 🙂

      An hour or two a day sounds a lot, but I’m probably the same on my catch up days. Time flies just visiting and commenting on a few blogs, always surprises me!

      Thanks for sharing Kim 🙂

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  6. I comment on EVERYTHING. I spend almost an hour each day visiting other sites, most of the time through my email notifications. In fact, if I like your blog and don’t see a subscribe button, I tell you to add one because it makes keeping track of it all so much easier. That being said, if I visit your site often and you 1. don’t reply to my comments or 2. don’t return the favor on my own site, I unsubscribe and never ever visit your site again. Not worth my time or energy and it’s really disrespectful.

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    • I know you do, and I was going to mention you specifically but decided not to. I love that since meeting you, your always dropping by and commenting. I am grateful as you know. I guess its tricky with a site like yours, as Ive mentioned to you, when you do 6+ articles per day, with however many writers, I do normally only make the effort for your posts. Im not sure if others are the same, but I guess I’d count your writers in the same way as certain bloggers who NEVER answer my comments on their own site. Although I do still ‘like’ some of your other writers posts, but normally just yours. Tricky one……. but as long as you know I love what YOU do 🙂

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  7. I actually don’t get updates e-mailed to me, rather, I use Feedly to keep me up to date on my fellow bloggers (used to be Google Reader, but alas…). However, that said, I do admit to not visiting EVERY single update I see. If it’s a topic that interests me or a movie review for something I’ve seen (I don’t read reviews for movies I haven’t seen), then I’ll almost certainly visit the page. The exception comes pretty much from the example you cited, where it’s a post by someone who doesn’t return the favor or even bother to respond to the comments I leave on their page. Luckily that doesn’t happen TOO often, but after a while of such rude instances, I tend to become turned off by the blog and just don’t bother anymore, though I still keep their blogs on my feed for whatever reason, lol. Guess I figure it doesn’t hurt to keep them there, in case they might post something of particular interest. Though I might feel differently if it was my e-mail they were clogging up, and not just my news feed. 😛

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    • To start with, you’re one person I need to apologise to as I regularly see you comment on this series, yet I don’t subscribe to your site. That is now fixed good sir (although I kept failing that bloody captcha thing!!!) and I will be a regular on your site. I get lazy with non-wordpress sites, and if I dont get a notification I never visit. Apologies 🙂

      I’m with you on not reading reviews for films I havent seen but want to. No point spoiling anything, so they get deleted or held until Ive watched. Its only a few people I find dont reply to my comments. I’ll always give them a couple of chances, but 3 strikes and I move on, plenty other bloggers who want the comments. Luckily my email is purely for the blog, I think I’d be worse if it was a personal email too. Maybe I’d have to try that Feedly feed thing you mention 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by Chris!

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  8. I have notifications turned off mostly because I already have enough stuff filling up my inbox. I generally just use the wordpress reader feed/facebook/twitter and I’ll sift through what sounds interesting to me. While I don’t always have time to leave a comment I make sure I “like” every post that way they know I stopped by.

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    • As I’ve just mentioned above, my email is purely for blogging so I’m lucky in that I don’t mind it getting filled with notifications. I can understand it being a frustration for people that have a personal email mixed into the equation. I do post my stuff on those social media places to catch people like you though 😉

      ‘Liking’ is again a common theme to show we stopped by. Thats how I always want you to know Ive stopped by. Or to tell you how wrong you are about Mandy Lane. Either way 🙂

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  9. I try for those I subscribe to, but don’t always (time permitting). I do attempt to make an effort to visit those that email what I signed up for, at least once a week though. It definitely gets tough as they is some great content out there, and many who are loyal readers that deserve the effort in kind. I do what Ryan does, too. Make sure I ‘like’ posts to let those know I did stop by. Great topic, Tyson.

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    • Time, whilst infinite, becomes tricky to manage for blogging. I’ve only just started to post regularly again, and trying to up my visiting other people is what led me to this post really. As you say, people deserve the effort of a view at least, for the work they put in. You for example, your posts are always fascinating and insightful, and sometimes I have nothing sensible to add so I’ll hit ‘like’ and hope thats enough. Just so you know I stopped by. I always know you’ve been here, as your my #1 Twitter re-tweeter. Thank you so much Michael, as always 🙂

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  10. Tom

     /  September 6, 2013

    Tyson, you basically just offended the shit out of me. *Unsubscribe.*

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    • I tried not mentioning you by name, but I delete everything I get from you. Not sure why I even subscribe…….. I’m taking away your films now from your Desert Island, just gonna leave you on there, alone, with Movie 43 🙂

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  11. I follow more blogs than I technically have time to read, if they all post every day. It gets to be too much pretty quickly, unfortunately, so yeah, I do triage. There are some bloggers for whom I’ll always read what they wrote. There are others where it’ll depend on exactly what it is. When I’m most likely to hit delete though is simply when it’s some film that everybody is reviewing all at once. If I’m only moderately interested in a movie, and six different people all have reviews, I’m just going to cherry-pick one or two who I think will have an interesting perspective. I try to have something interesting to say in a comment, but sometimes I don’t. I’m also trying to be better about clicking the “Like” button so people at least know I was there and enjoyed their work.

    I don’t decide who to follow based on who follows me — or at least, not entirely. I still have to actually enjoy what they write, after all, and there are a few people (though only a very few) who are better at comments than at writing their own reviews. But if somebody is regularly commenting on my site, I’ll always at least check out their blog — though with the influx of other posts, I can’t guarantee exactly when I’ll do so.

    I’ve seen some people say before (not singling out others here, it’s been a topic I’ve seen two or three times before) that if somebody doesn’t post to their blog, they’ll stop visiting. I’ve even seen one guy say that if somebody doesn’t come back and leave a comment on his site within the next day every time he comments, he’ll stop visiting. I say to hell with that. There are people whose blogs I follow who, as far as I know, have never been to my site. I’m OK with that. I follow them because I like their writing, not because they like mine. They’re under no obligation to me to come back to my site, and I’m under no obligation to somebody else to go to theirs. It may sound acerbic or antisocial, but to quote Bob Dylan, “Just because you like my stuff doesn’t mean I owe you something.” My point is… people should follow the blogs they like. Not the blogs that they feel obliged to. Not the blogs engaged in some bastard offspring of link farming (remember that from the early days of the web? “Our sites are totally unrelated, but we should link to each other to generate traffic!”) I like a broad community as much anybody, but it has to come from genuine enthusiasm, not a sense of obligation.

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    • Whenever a blockbuster comes out, and my inbox fills up with 50 reviews for Superman or whatever…….yeah it becomes tricky so I do have my go-to people and I’ll probably ignore the rest. Sounds harsh I guess, but like you say, cherry picking comes into play.

      Valid point about the following and link farming. Whilst I’d never go to the lengths that person you mentioned did, I have no problem following peoples blogs that dont follow me. My issue comes from leaving a comment somewhere, and then again, and again, and it just never ever getting responded to. Kind of makes me feel pointless………especially when these people are the ones you see begging for more comments. At least I tried. But you’re right, no one is under any obligation. As I mentioned, this shouldnt be a chore, and getting views/likes/comments is the reward for our hard work. It should be something people want to do, not be pressured into. Just nice to see and hear how people filter and do their reading 🙂

      Thanks for joining in Morgan, always enjoy seeing what you have to say 🙂

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      • Oh, absolutely on the comment replies. If somebody leaves a comment on my site, they get a reply, period. Even if it’s just to say “Thanks for reading”, if they’ve gone to the trouble of leaving a comment, no matter how minor, I think they deserve acknowledgement.

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        • Exactly, just a simple thing but all about respect and gratitude. How hard is it to thank someone for taking the time to comment on your post!?

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  12. jmount43

     /  September 6, 2013

    I receive a lot of notifications from a lot of bloggers and I try to read each and every one and either like or comment, or both, to all of them. There have been times that I have been in a major hurry and have skipped over some; but I always try to go back to them later if at all possible. The philosophy I have is that people, especially fellow bloggers, take the time to read, comment/like my posts and it would be a gesture of ungratefulness not to want to do the same for them. I’ve had times where I have given likes and made positive comments to a blogger and did not receive so much as a thank you in reply. In my book, that’s rude.

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    • Perfect philosophy to have John, agree 100%. Even a thank you would suffice from some people. Although my comments are normally awaiting moderation with you, at least you reply!! Haha, I took that option off recently, you should make the change! Then go see Mandy Lane 🙂

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  13. I use RSSOwl, not the WordPress “reader” (rss reader). By doing so, WordPress doesn’t count that to you on your stats as a follower. This is why post titles are important. I have hundreds of blogs & sites that I scan, because I’m a political, current events, tech/science & cinema obsessive.
    There are a few blogs, like yours, that I follow closely. But I (usually) only read your own posts, not guest authors. Not always, but most of the time. I very seldom use email notifications now, with blogs. I’ve had to cut down on email, including eliminating Twitter & Facebook notifies.
    I know it’s frustrating when you respond or query someone in comments & there’s no response, so I try to keep up & within WordPress this is easy because of dashboard access to previous comments & direct notifications.
    I share your frustration, with those that don’t reciprocate comments & visits. But I’ve come to realize that (generally) people aren’t big on being fair or reciprocation. The alternative? Begging or reproaching the offending party? Not good form. It’s best to let things slide. If you still like their blog, don’t expect them to visit you back. The big sites don’t care. They’re busy. Allowing comments is a calculation for more web traffic.
    I have increased my site hits (web traffic), but still don’t draw in that many comments. My content, apparently, doesn’t draw in people that usually comment, so I’ve eliminated comments on most posts & set expiry for comments on my film reviews to 1 stinkin’ day. This is a calculation that I’ve made for proprietary reasons. I won’t bother you with the details of hit & runs & their insults on my political posts.

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    • I was going to do a post about ‘post titles’ as they are vital, and I may come back to it but went for this deletion bit instead. I agree, they have to stand out as people, such as yourself, have so many posts to filter through, you have to give readers a reason to check out the work. Our wordpress dashboard is easy, I often forget using blogger sites as I dont get a notification if they reply.

      Yeah, I’ll never go begging or approach the people that dont reciprocate. I give them a few chances then move on to sites where comments and input is valued. Thats great about your site hits, and I try to comment on your movie reviews, but as you dont have the ‘like’ option I cant let you know I still stop by! 🙂 Strange move setting comments to expire, what if someone comes late to the party?! But hey, the insults stories sound fun 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by Marc, always appreciated. One day I’ll maybe convince you to join the Desert Island project and submit some films. I think I might have to be very persuasive to try and tempt you 🙂

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      • Smooth talker. 😉

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      • It’s common for sites around the net to set expiry for comments. Especially for sites like mine that don’t draw in a lot of comments on my mixed bag. It’s also common to receive insults from people (trolls) who don’t like a particular post, whatever it may be, & try to comment with content like, “your post is crap & nobody comments on it” type of thing. Which doesn’t bother me, but one doesn’t need the extra zinger during a day. On reviews, I tend to be catty if I don’t like a film & some old posts of mine actually get nasty “I hate you for not like this film” type of comments.
        I have a very, very, very short temper. Whatever I can do to not be exposed to something that could potentially set me off, is a good thing. It’s the cross that I bear…

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        • Ah ok, makes sense when you say it like that. I used to have comment moderation on to try and cover those types of things, but I guess reviewing movies isnt as hate-filled as politics and religion. Id love to do a huge religious argument one day, but I feel my own blog is not the place!

          Nice to meet someone else with a short temper. I always feel people are more annoying online, as they can hide behind their computers. Everyones a tough guy online. I just try let things ride, although trolls are hard to ignore….. 🙂

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  14. I’ve had to triage email notifications for the blogs I follow, sorting them between instant (writers I want to read NOW NOW NOW), daily (those I’d still like to read, or at least check in with, but they arrive in my inbox after work, when I have more leisure time), or…um, those whose notices are set for less frequently than that. That latter category is largely folks in the I’ll-follow-you-if-you-follow-me boat — ones whose blogs might not be my cup of tea, but I felt obliged to respond in kindness early on, when I first moved to WordPress.

    I’m of a mind now that I still review every notification as it arrives, but I’ve had to let my participation dwindle a bit because I can’t do the I’ll-follow-you-if-you-follow-me thing for everyone in line anymore. If I’m adding myself to their Followers list as a pure statistic without ever clicking, reading, or enjoying anything they do, to me it feels dishonest, and I don’t like forcing pleasantries. As it is, I’m already overwhelmed with blog subscriptions, plus I have a full-time job and, y’know, my own blog to write. I like to do what I can within the community, but I can’t be there for everyone.

    For newcomers who stop by, I have a folder where I save notices from folks I might be interested in following at some point if they’re still around a few months from now. As the older bloggers I’ve been following quit or disappear and my daily reading begins to thin out, I go back to those saved notices, see how those folks are doing, and then follow ’em if they’re still looking lively.

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    • Second time on here someone has used ‘triage’. I love it!! I’m not patient enough to have the sophisticated system for emails you have, good work!

      When I started out last year, I did the whole follow people if they followed me. Now Im left with a load of dead sites or people that dont visit. Eventually I’ll remove them all, just got to weed them out!

      Thanks for stopping by Randall, really like your system you got going 🙂

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  15. I’d like to be better at reading and commenting on other sites, I don’t do notifications because my e-mail gets cluttered enough as it is. I stick with my reader and Twitter and just read what actually interests me. I do occasionally try to visit other sites that regularly comment on my own, though I’m not always great with that especially if I don’t realize that I’m not following them on WP or Twitter. It’s worse for me with new release bloggers since I only see about 7-10 new releases a year, and they are often delayed by a week or four. I just try to do the best I can, and I do read more than I comment.

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    • Me too, I’d really like to be better. I hit up a lot of sites, but there are plenty more I dont get to enough. Like you, sometimes I read more than I comment on places, I just hope a simple ‘like’ is enough to show I was there and liked what I saw. People not on wordpress I struggle with the most. WordPress makes it easy for us to follow and like fellow wordpress users, but blogger.com and notifications is a whole different game.

      Cheers Bubba 🙂

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  16. I click through on every single post that I get via email. That being said… I’m also very selective about who I choose to follow via email. The criteria is generally: 1) must be a film or literature blog; 2) must stay on topic 99% of the time; 3) must not post a million times a day — once a day or a few times a week is better, since I get realtime notifications on my phone and I don’t want the ringtone to go off so frequently as to drive me into a homicidal rage, haha. I go through my WP reader once a day or so, so I’m able to keep up with everyone else pretty easily, unless I’m traveling or have a day too busy for extra reading. I also browse Twitter for links throughout the day if I have an extra couple of minutes.

    I do often wonder how many people ignore my blog’s automatic e-mails, since I post once a day. Based on my site traffic reports, it seems that most of my readers let them stack up and then read through the whole week’s posts late on a Friday night, or on weekends.

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    • Pretty fair criteria Lindsey! I can imagine the ringtone getting annoying for you after a while 🙂

      I’m always curious how people deal with the notifications, and there are always people that get to my posts a few days after they go up. I dont mind, as long as people visit! I tend to find weekends are the quietest days for me, obviously everyone is busy catching up on your posts then 🙂

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  17. I don’t really do email notifications as I find them rather unnecessary, since I open my wordpress reader everyday anyway 😉 And yeah I think I tend to read what interests me but like you, there are some blogs that I read no matter what their posts are, although I have to say that there aren’t many of such.

    I understand what you’re saying and I agree that if you take time to follow them and read their blogs but they don’t bother to do the same, it’s natural to unfollow them ;p Well, I’m still bad at hitting like or commenting but that doesn’t mean I don’t read them! 😉

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    • See, I’m not a huge fan of the reader, I feel it makes me lazy and it’s easy to click ‘like’ without going to the blog. Which is bad, as they dont get the view. Hence why I do the emails and actually go visit, to make myself a better visitor 🙂

      Thanks for joining in Naomi 🙂

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      • Well personally I’ve never done that (liking without opening and reading the actual post ;p) but I understand.. 🙂

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        • Good to hear, but I know people do as they tell me 🙂

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        • Oh this just crossed my mind.. I think there are some bloggers out there who don’t really bother about these stuff, you know? They don’t bother about other blogs or making friends with fellow bloggers. Sometimes they don’t even reply the comments made on their page. ;p

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        • True, all about numbers I guess, rather than a community. To each their own, but I love the interaction 🙂

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  18. I always respond to people who reciprocate. There are those movie blogs I visit, but if after much “one-sidedness”, I would be inclined to delete them just because I spend a lot of time responding to others and well, community is that–responding to others. However, I really like viewing new sites, too. Sometimes our genres don’t match all the time so there may be times when I don’t comment, but I check you out and hope you will do the same! 🙂

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    • That’s it, I give a few chances but if its still all one sided, I move on to somewhere else. New sites are great, its just so many people come and go, it tends to be the same faces everywhere a lot of the time. No sticking power sometimes for people 😉

      Of course, I know my subject matter isnt for everyone, but I always appreciate any visit ,especially when its not really normally a topic that would interest some people. I’ll always check your site out, and thanks for stopping by mine 🙂

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  19. Selective as you, I got some on a daily bundle but the ones I always read are on instant (like yrs for instance *kiss ass moment*). But yes if I instantly see its not too interesting say hello to the delete button.

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    • Haha, I appreciate the ass kissing and you are my go to man for attractive ladies! Not like a pimp, if anyone reads that wrong….. 😉

      Love your ruthlessness, sometimes got to be cruel to be kind! Thanks buddy 🙂

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  20. Nice topic. I’m pretty selective (you should be honoured!). It’s a little sad, but it does wind me up a little that some blogs I follow don’t bother doing the same back. I will name no names!

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    • I’m very honoured!! 🙂

      Yeah I kind of wanted to name names, but whats the point. They wont be here to read them lol!! Not sad at all dude 🙂

      Cheers!

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  21. Interesting topic mate. I subscribe to some blogs by email, my favourite ones (yes, yours included) but I still use the WordPress reader as well, otherwise my inbox will be absolutely rammed full and I might miss other kinds of emails. I suppose I could look into setting up filters and folders and whatnot but, hey, I’m lazy 🙂 And if someone comments on my stuff, I always try and reciprocate as I know it can be a little demoralising making the effort for nothing in return.

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    • Glad to hear it, I should be everyones favourite surely?! 😉

      Lazy is good, thats why I set up an email just for the blog, so I dont need to filter normal emails out. I always see you commenting places, you put your time in thats for sure. And I know everyone will be grateful you do, I always am anyway. Thanks mate 🙂

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  22. I like the emails to my inbox. I just get a daily one so I am not getting 30-40 every single day. Though for the last 2-3 weeks my emails have stopped coming through for some reason which is a bummer. So now I am using the WordPress reader.

    I have my favourite blogs that I read no matter the post content and the people who engage with my site I also make it a priority to read. With the rest, I just read the posts that are about the films I am most keen to read about.

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    • Few people not getting emails for various sites. I know Ive had lots of problems with wordpress recently. Frustrating. But hey, at least you made it here, thats all that matters 🙂

      I agree, the priority should be the people that frequent our own sites. Fairest way. Thanks for stopping by buddy 🙂

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  23. garryarmstrong

     /  September 6, 2013

    I don’t know if this is a complete answer. I love your site and the offerings from your contributors. I’ve been less active in comments recently because we have a lot of “heavy” stuff going on in the family that has cut down on my time to read some things. I hit “delete” too often in frustration. Mea Culpa.

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    • Family comes first, and I hope things pick up for you soon Garry. I always appreciate you stopping by here whenever you can. Your stories make my blog a better place 🙂

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  24. Well, I subscribe to way too many blogs and having been on holiday for 3 weeks has resulted in a huge backlog. So what I have done in my gmail is create labels for each blog and have the mail automatically moved to it. I then slowly work my way through those various tags. Since I don’t do this daily it means I sometimes see 10 or even 30 posts from a blog and will visit all the ones which I find interesting. If I read them I comment and sometimes it means commenting on older posts, which I personally always enjoy when it happens on my blog…so I might be late to respond quickly, but I will read things eventually.

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    • I imagine that is a fairly huge backlog after 3 weeks!! Your system sounds great, but far too advanced for a lazy man like me to ever do!

      I agree, I love people finding my posts late, always nice to get extra opinions however long after the post goes up.

      Hope you had a nice time away, and glad to have you back Nostra 🙂

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  25. Most of the blogs I follow go to email, but i’ll delete any post that doesn’t interest me. Other wise I will look at least at the majority of peoples posts 😀

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  26. I’m reactionary. Most of the sites I find are because they found me first. A like, comment or follow will ALWAYS get me to explore where it came from. If I like, I start with an INSTANT NOTIFICATION follow. The thing that gets me is that I have to manually change my notifications from NONE to INSTANT. The whole point of me following is that I can see what you’re doing – and remind you that I also exist with a comment or a like – without having to remember to visit.

    TANGENT: Ironically, I did visit you just now by plugging in the URL. I’m still not getting emails from you, and probably half of my other sites, so I unsubscribed to the ones I know I’m missing – Film Hipster, Longbox Graveyard, here – and resubscribed. Fingers crossed it works.

    Depending on how I feel about quality and quantity of emails, I may switch to DAILY, WEEKLY, or NONE, in which case, I usually unfollow altogether.

    Before deciding to wholesale delete the swaths of emails that roll in every morning, I try to at least check the headlines of every email I get, to determine whether its worth coming back to. Sometimes, the jump/read more feature will hinder a site I like. I’ll be reading the post in my email, but then it cuts off, and I decide its not worth it to click and continue. But a full post in an email will probably get a full viewing from me.

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    • This is why I love you popping round, great answer man!! 🙂

      No idea why your not getting the notifications, hope it gets fixed. I’m getting them from you now which I wasnt before, so thats a start.

      I appreciate what youre saying about the ‘more reading’ bit. For me, being anal I have to use it, so my whole post doesnt appear on my homepage. Otherwise people have to scroll forever. Hope it doesnt put you off too many times!!

      Hope everything goes well with the baby 🙂

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      • Thanks on the baby wishes! Typically, here, if I start reading a post of yours, its because the title caught my eye – 9 of 10 times I have no idea what these movies are anyway – so I will continue on and click through. I sacrifice non-movie READ MORE blurbs much more frequently. I sometimes scroll down to the last paragraph on movie sites just to get a verdict, too.

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        • No worries. My first is due in November so I’ll be asking you for tips!

          Im sure you meant to say you read EVERY post I make, regardless of the title, but thank you anyway! Always grateful you stop by. I skip to movie scores on movies I want to see, just to avoid spoilers. Thanks buddy 🙂

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        • If I do anything 9 out of 10 times, that’s like a regular person doing it every time, plus the times they don’t, so roll with it. Also, I’m not your buddy, guy!

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        • So you’re better than regular folk now? You’ve changed, just because you’re ripped. And yeah, you are no buddy of mine. Enemy more like 😉

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        • Its from South Park. I’m not your buddy, guy. I’m not your guy, pal. I’m not your pal, buddy… Etc. Like a snake eating its tail. Oh man, im hungry now.

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        • Never watched it. I prefer my tv shows to be more serious in nature. Like Family Guy

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  27. I actually only have a small handful of email subscriptions. And to be honest I rarely use them as a means to read the blogs I like. I really like the WordPress reader and I do the majority of my reading on my phone or tablet. I treat it almost like a morning newspaper except I check it a lot during the day as well. So the email thing really isn’t that big of a deal for me.

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    • Yeah its convenient the reader, I just dont use it enough. Plus mine is full of blogs I dont remember following! Nice way you have of looking at it, like a paper. Cheers Keith 🙂

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  28. I’m a casual poster myself, once a week usually. Sometimes going a little longer. And I think that’s acceptable for what my blog is about. Other lifestyle type blogs very quickly piss me off when they post too much. More than a post a day for a lifestyle type of blog is overkill and I get sick of it. I will delete, unsubscribe, unfollow whatever it takes if you drive me up the wall with constant posts about seemingly nothing. I try to tell a story or have a point when I post and I like to read blogs that do the same. If you got no point other than to post as much as you can to jack up views, then you’ve lost me.
    For all the movie review blogs I like to read, I don’t mind a post or two a day from every one of them. Because the content is always changing. Movie review blogs always have something to talk about because the category “movies” is so broad. It’s always diverse and interesting, which is probably why I follow so many of them even though I’m not a movie reviewer myself.
    Great question Tyson! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you do a fantastic job of creating community among bloggers and I love you for that.

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    • R.O.T.O.R. WILL NOW POST 27 TIMES A DAY.

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    • There can definitely be too many posts……some people like to post A LOT! 🙂

      Movies does cover a huge spectrum, I think that can be an issue if peeople dont like the sound of a movie, they may not read. But thats kind of what this post is trying to find out. As you say, so many people love movies, always going to be something for everyone somewhere 🙂

      I’ve said it before – you’re far too kind Smash! I love what you do, and will always check your stuff out and love you taking the time to visit me here. Thank you!! 🙂

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  29. theipc

     /  September 6, 2013

    I actually don’t get that many emails about posts (I get enough emails already) and rely on the Reader and favorites. I pretty much read everything put out by everybody I follow but if I’ve been away for a while and miss some, I’ll probably skip some of those that I don’t EVER interact with. I always use the like button but it gets old if the person never reciprocates.

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  30. Hi Tyson! Great question. Y’know I actually don’t subscribe to ANY blog. [Gasp!] Yeah I know, shocking right? But the thing is, I’d rather go through my Blog Roll (that’s what they’re there for) and every few days I go through the list, prioritizing on those who have commented on MY blog. Hey, it’s a two way street right, and it’s a way for me to appreciate their support as well. I often just click on their blog link right from the comment section too. Works pretty well that way, I actually comment on a lot of blogs on a daily basis 😀

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    • Hey Ruth!! 🙂

      Wow, no subscriptions!! You must have a tidy inbox! But your blogroll method sounds perfect, and of course got to prioritise those that comment on yours. I also click sites from my comments, quick and easy!

      Thanks as always for stopping by, always appreciated since your not a horror fan! Glad these questions keep you coming back 🙂

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      • He..he.. well, not TOO tidy, I mean I still get emails from marketers which only fuels my shopping habit, ahah.

        I do try to broaden my horizon and read stuff from genres that aren’t my cup of tea. I think you’ve got other stuff that keep it balanced. Thanks for commenting on mine too, means a lot 😀

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        • Ahh shopping, every womans weakness 🙂

          Its good that you read things you wouldnt normally be interested in. Who would of thought that Candelabra film would be my favourite of 2013?! 🙂

          And you’re welcome, Im trying to comment even more now wordpress isnt messing me about!

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  31. Abbi

     /  September 6, 2013

    I don’t follow anyone by email. I work in email marketing and I get so much email. It would all just get lost. I do check the reader multiple times a day. I read everything I am interested in, which is most of the stuff I follow. I like every post I read, I comment on anything I have any kind of opinion on and I retweet posts I think my twitter followers will enjoy. I also reply to everyone who comments on my blog. I am obviously one of the bloggers you follow who is posting recipes and pictures of my outfits. It’s an eclectic old place over here at WWTA…

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    • I can imagine you would get a lot of email then, best not to add blogs to it also!

      Your blog has a bit of everything, but I enjoy it because not only do you post on my site, but you have something exciting and unique with what you do. For example, cola bbq ribs!! AMAZING 🙂

      Thanks Abbi

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  32. I was just about to delete this and then thought I’d better read it first. 😉

    Good question, man, and if we’re all honest then you have to admit that some posts do get deleted without looking at them. It’s just too time consuming. I try to visit friends sites as much as I can and then check out others that I’m interested in. Some films I couldn’t care less about so I tend to delete those ones.

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    • Yeah you’d better read it! You’re one of my originals 🙂

      Honest as I knew you would be man, I expect nothing less. It is easy deleting posts about films I have no interest in ever seeing…… 🙂

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  33. Great question, Tyson. I have a lot of email subscriptions to blogs, and it can get a bit overwhelming sometimes. But… unless I’ve read them, I don’t delete them, any of them!! Because I’d feel strangely guilty, and I have this notion in the back of my head that I will eventually get round to reading the unread post. But then more emails come in. And the pile of unread posts gets bigger, and bigger, and bigger.
    I’ve actually woke up late at night, in a cold sweat, with lightning flashing through the window across my face, thinking about it. 🙂
    Mind you, having read through the comments here, I’m surprised I’ve never used the reader on wordpress.com until now. Probably because I self-host my WordPress site, so never really visit wordpress.com. But I think I’ll start using it from now on. Seems like a more relaxing way of browsing the blogs I like.

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    • You’re a good man, although I’ve always said having a conscience is a bad thing! Delete a few, be brave, just not mine!! 🙂

      The reader is way more popular than I thought it would be, I need to make more effort too! Definitely easier than filling my inbox every day. Although I need emails for blogs like yours, that dont appear in the reader. Do they?

      Thanks buddy. 🙂

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      • Nope, it should appear in the wordpress.com reader. Even though I’m self hosted, it’s still a wordpress site. WordPress do a plugin which gives you the vast majority of features of a blog hosted on wordpress.com, and I have that installed. I’m actually subscribed to my own feed, just to make sure everything is working as it should, and my posts show up in the wordpress.com reader.

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        • Ah ok, thats how little I use the reader. Maybe I could use it full time and discard the emails. Good to know, thanks Monkey 🙂

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        • Ha, yeah, to be honest, I’m tempted to go wholly down the reader route as well, and ditch emails. My inbox is massively clogged up. Would be nice to keep it clearer, but still catch up on blogs via reader.

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  34. Honestly, I delete ALL emails from WordPress just on the basis that they’re from WordPress; I don’t even take into account what the post is or who by. My main reason being that the email I use for wordpress is my university email, and I check it several times a day. If I don’t keep my inbox clean I usually end up missing important emails. I’ve cancelled getting email notifications when people interact with my blog, initially I did it because it ruined the surprise when I logged onto WordPress to look at my notifications (sad I know haha)
    There are only a few blogs out of all the blogs I follow that I’ve subscribed to recieve emails from and those were all by accident…I use the reader and also Facebook pages (that’s how I saw this post!)…the blogs I most want to read I’ve ‘liked’ on Facebook (well the ones that have a FB page that is)
    I’m too lazy to look through piles of unread emails, so I’ll skim through, tick all the ones from wordpress, do a mass ‘delete’ and then read any of the important emails
    Sounds ruthless/harsh I know but I just don’t have the time for the email thing, I’ll scroll through the reader when I have time and click on any posts that catch my eye

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    • You could make an account just for wordpress, rather than delete them all! 🙂 Although as long as you still get your surprises its all good!

      Yeah I like to share my posts on a few places to pick up those that delete emails, glad it got you here!

      Its good to see people on here admitting their ruthless streak. Makes me feel better about doing it 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by Natasha

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  35. I try and read every post that gets emailed to me, but sometimes I do have to just delete it and move on. Not everything everyone blogs about will interest me, but I do try and give it a look and normally a Like if I’m a fan of their writing. 🙂 And I know I’m not alone in loving the fact that people do read my blog, so I try and share that whenever I can.

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    • Obviously you’re a fan of my writing so thats all that matters!!! Of course, we all love someone reading our thoughts, and I’m always grateful when you stop by here mate. Love what you do, except all the sci-fi, obviously 😉

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  36. Good topic. I have a lot of difficulty keeping up with reading other blogs as I follow so many and have very little time to myself to do, well, anything! I don’t do email notifications – I’d never keep up. I tried to figure out having a “blogroll” thingy on my blog but couldn’t figure it out. In the end, I put links to maybe 50 favorite blogs of mine on a page on my blog and I try to visit each of them once a week (sometimes it takes a little longer, though). :-/ And I use the Reader as well but not as much as I’d like to. And I reply to all comments no matter what – this I try to do within 48 hours. This blogging thing really is time consuming. 😉 Wish I could keep up better.

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    • Blog lists are a good way to keep track. Nice that you always reply, just the decent thing to do I always feel 🙂

      Thanks for sharing, and I agree, blogging does eat away at time!!

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  37. Victor De Leon

     /  September 9, 2013

    Good topic and post, Tyson. I use “WordPress Reader” to try and keep up, along with Twitter which helps tremondoulsy. I don’t really think I get any e mail notifications presently because, honestly, I was getting inundated with them. I do wish to be a better visitor, like you mentioned, and when I “Like” a post on “Reader” I try to make a point to give the blogger the view. I get notifications if someone likes or leaves a comment on one of my posts. It’s hard to keep up with everyone though and some may fall through the cracks but I am trying hard to always reciprocate. Even to those who never visit my site or reciprocate a re-tweet or such (which does not bother me so much these days. people are busy and lead busy lives). I genuinely enjoy many of the bloggers I follow, like yourself, and I want to have fun and learn something with every post I read. No matter the subject or post. You, though, Senor Tyson NEVER fall thru the cracks. This post makes me want to be a better “Blog Brother” to all my mates out there. Good job, man! 😀

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  38. I’m a selective email guy because I just don’t have the time to read them all. I know my go to sites – like yours – and I always check to see what they are talking about. The others, if they interest me and I have time I will check them out, but if not, I move on. Having a baby, a book to work on, as well as other life issues takes up time. So you kind of have to be selective. Also, all the blogs I want emails from I put into the receive daily section on WordPress. That way all the posts for that day are in one nice little email. It helps.

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  39. I just use an RSS reader (Feedly) and bookmark any posts that seem interesting. The hard part is letting all those posts back up and never fully getting the chance to respond to them all.

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